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Match Preview: Liverpool’s chance to experiment against Fulham?

Liverpool will be keen to bounce back after a disappointing result against Red Star Belgrade mid-week. The Reds will look to capitalise on their upcoming fixture against Fulham to return to their positive run of form.

Ahead of their home clash against bottom-of-the-table Fulham, Liverpool are tipped favourites by bookmakers this weekend. However, no game is ever as easy as it looks, as Red Star Belgrade highlighted this week.

Both sides have not met since February 2014, where the Reds confirmed a 3-2 victory away from home. Fulham have suffered defeat in their last four matches against Liverpool.

Fulham are coming off the back of a 1-0 loss to relegation rivals Huddersfield. Confidence will be at an all time low for the Cottagers, as their most recent performance portrayed.

Slaviša Jokanović’s side, however, will be equally hungry for success. Something no side has found at Anfield since Crystal Palace in 2017.

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Fulham’s most notable weakness ahead of the fixture is their leaky defence. They have conceded 29 goals in just 11 games.

Comparatively, Liverpool remain unbeaten at Anfield this campaign. The Reds have conceded just one home goal all season. The lack of structure in the opposition’s defence could be the perfect opportunity for Liverpool’s front three to do damage.

Creativity in Jürgen Klopp’s midfield has been lacking all season – this game could be a chance for the manager to experiment with new midfield options.

Some may argue it would be a good chance to try the trio of new signings together, in Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri. Whether or not they would be part of a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation could also be debated.

Another change to the Liverpool side that could be expected is the return of Dejan Lovren to the starting lineup. This rotation will likely result in Joe Gomez moving to right-back over Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has had some questionable performances.

To keep up with in-form Chelsea and Manchester City, Liverpool must ensure Sunday is a victory. Three points is vital following their draw against Arsenal, which finally put daylight between them and the leaders.

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